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FishbowlDC Q&A with NYP’s Tara Palmeri

Tara Palmeri pictureMany of you remember former Washington Examiner Yeas & Nays gossip columnist Tara Palmeri as the gorgeous brunette who took DC gossip to a whole new level. In 2010, Palmeri left DC for a job at the New York Post. We recently caught up with her to see what she’s been up to, what she misses most, and New York perceptions of DC media.

FishbowlDC: So what have you been doing since you left DC?

Tara Palmeri: I’ve been a reporter for the New York Post since 2010 when I left the Washington Examiner to work for famed “Page Six” editor Richard Johnson. Writing for the saucy gossip column was a dream job. I reported daily items for nearly two years on New York’s elite before switching to the news desk to be a general assignment reporter.

My first big assignment was covering the John Edwards trial from Greensboro, NC where I was based for nearly two months.

After the trial, I spent my first year chasing national stories all over the country in cities that I probably would have never visited like Bismarck, Reno, and Boise.

Most recently, I’ve been working on investigative and enterprise stories. So if you have a tip, send it my way!

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MTV’s Whitney Port Talks Michelle Obama & House of Cards Style

PortJust in time for White House Correspondents Weekend, Blo Blow Dry Bar (2126 P St. NW) has opened blocks from the Washington Hilton where the dinner takes place. And on Friday, former MTV reality star and fashion designer Whitney Port hosted its launch event with owner Maha Sharma.

What is Blo Blow Dry Bar? We asked ourselves the same question! Blo is North America’s original (and first!) blow dry bar. Think hair salon minus the scissors and dye, leaving you with a wash, dry, and style. Blo Dupont is the chain’s 38th location, including Miami, Austin, Russia, and the Philippines.

Naturally, FishbowlDC was in attendance, and we caught up with Port and Sharma on Michelle Obama’s fashion, looking your best on television, and what we can expect style-wise at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

On House of Cards style…

Whitney Port: “Robin Wright’s character is very sophisticated and chic and I think she does amazing on that show.”

On Michelle Obama’s style…

WP: “I think she always looks so beautiful and sophisticated. I think she dresses herself appropriately for her figure and status…She always looks amazing.”

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Weiner’s Finger Farewell: Who Said it, Wrote it Best?

As everyone knows by now, New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner bid adieu to reporters last night by giving at least one of them the middle finger. But how did the Fourth Estate report it and who said it best?

Here we lay it all out for you. Read more

Afternoon Reading List 07.02.13

Small newspaper, big storiesGlenn Greenwald and the Guardian have been at the edge of breaking news about the NSA’s secret surveillance programs since originally publishing documents leaked by defense contractor Edward Snowden. But, as WaPo’s Paul Farhi reports, the Guardian isn’t some massive news organization in the ranks of the NYT, USA Today or Britain’s The Sun. Instead, the liberal newspaper which started in 1821, boasts a print circulation similar to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette with fewer than 160,000 copies distributed each day. Online, however,  it’s a different story,  as the website is one of the most frequently visited in the world, with a high of 41 million monthly unique visitors. Greenwald’s video interview with Snowden last month brought nearly 7 million unique views in just one day. The Guardian is struggling financially, but subsidized by other ventures owned by the same trust, the Scott Trust Limited, including the highly-profitable British car-sales site Auto Trader. The news organization continues to break international news, and if it ever does go under, as Farhi reports, the next big story may be broken by “a secondhand car magazine.”

Why you should read it: The NSA, then Snowden, and now Greenwald have made headlines around the world. It’s time to give the Guardian its 15 seconds.

NYC mayoral candidate wants Weiner’s exes to speak up — In an unsurprising move, Anthony Weiner’s GOP rival in the New York City mayoral race has called on Weiner’s ex-girlfriends to “talk about what it was like to be with him and date him and things like that.” As ex-Washington Examiner scribe Tara Palmeri of the New York Post reports, Joe Lhota issued the call to Weiner’s ex-girlfriends on Talk Radio Network’s “The Andrea Tantaros Show” after a little push from Tantaros. The radio host called Weiner’s treatment of Fox News’ Megan Kelly in past interviews “arrogant” and “disrespectful.” If he lies to his wife, Tantaros questioned Lhota, “how do voters in New York City believe he’s somehow going to respect their wishes and not act like some bizarro pervy freak?” Weiner did get support from one ex-girlfriend after the 2011 sexting scandal deflated his career, who said he’s “very sweet, very funny, very charming.” But some women on Capitol Hill know a different version of Weiner, who they is a bully. As some readers may recall, TWT’s Emily Miller said Weiner made dirty jokes about the scandal while she interviewed him about it, using the words “firm” and “stiff.” A representative of Weiner said he would not respond to “Mr. Lhota’s mud throwing.”

Why you should read it: Everyone loves reading about Weiner, whether you’re hoping for him to make a triumphant return to political stardom or just hear more details about his sex life. Also, the writer refers to him once as “the penis tweeter.”

Who’s in Playboy?

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Steamy Novel Mentions D.C. Journos

CNN Starting point calls it “The Fifty Shades of Grey of political novels,” which is definitely a stretch as it lacks any graphic sex scenes whatsoever unless you count sizing up the candidate’s package as graphic. Still, Domestic Affairs, by Bridget Siegel, a political consultant who has worked on local, state and national campaigns, is hard to put down as FishbowlDC quickly learned after finishing it in a few days.

In Siegel’s 2012 book, which releases in paperback on May 14, she mentions journalists by name including HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza,  then-Politico‘s Ben Smith and “Tara” from Page Six — i.e. Tara Palmeri, formerly of the Washington Examiner and currently of the New York Post. Also mentioned: Brianna, possibly CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

Smith wasn’t aware of his presence in the book. “I was not!” he wrote. “But glad my immortality is assured.” When told that he was mentioned in a semi-racy novel, Stein asked, “Did my story on Ms. Greenley make the front page of Huffpost?”

Sadly, no. Smith was identified as the reporter who broke the fictitious news of the novel’s main character, Olivia Greenley, going to work as Georgia Gov. and Presidential hopeful Landon Taylor. Interestingly, Greenley has an affair with the very married candidate, as does the star in ABC’s “Scandal” — also named Olivia as in Olivia PopePolitico also gets a shout-out: “Sure, her mom didn’t know what Politico was, but her colleagues did. Ben Smith was reporting on her. Sam Stein and Chris Cillizza, too.”

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Washington Examiner Adds Gossip Columnist

Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab is now on her third gossip partner in the two years since Tara Palmeri left for the New York Post. First there was Katy Adams. Next up: Jenny Rogers, formerly of TBD, who lasted a year. Now the Examiner has named a new co-columnist — it’s The Hill‘s Alicia Cohn, who contributed to that publication’s gossip column, “In the Know,” and managed content for the social media blog. We hear The Daily Caller‘s pretty aggressive Nick Ballasy was up for the job, but didn’t want to take orders from Schwab so he backed out.

It’s anyone’s guess what kind of co-columnist Cohn will be as her previous appeared in publications such as US WEEKLY and Human Events. She also interned for Christianity Today. She graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois, a Christian college where drinking, smoking, pornography and sex are taboo and where evolutionary biology is now accepted, but this wasn’t always true. Famous graduates include Billy Graham and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. In 2003 the college eased its ban on dancing. They also let up on drinking and smoking for faculty and grad students only.

In an internal memo just out today, Editor Stephen Smith outlines three new reporters, including Cohn, and the promotion of another. Most of the new hires are recent grads whose experience consists of an array of internships. Read more

A Little Weiner is Born

The New York Post‘s Tara Palmeri broke the news of the birth of the most famous cocktail weiner in America — that would be Jordan Zain Weiner, son of Huma Abedin and ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner. She tweeted the news at 12:30 a.m. this morning. Page Six was the first to report in the summer that the power couple was expecting a boy.

The cover is courtesy of the Newseum website.

Welcome to the Fishbowl Jordan!

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day


Media Perks in NH

“No keg stands at the beta house but there are free lobster rolls and top shelf liquor at Hanover inn for media. #wearetheonepercent” — The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack.

Journo sees fancy cupcake discount as bad sign

“Proof the economy stinks. Georgetown Cupcake, normally ringed with cash-in-hand fans, just sent me a 20% off coupon.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Washington Whispers Columnist Paul Bedard.

Rick Perry style child rearing

“Sometimes I get my kids to stop misbehaving by telling them the Rick Perry under their beds will execute them.” — WTBS Talk Show Host Conan O’Brien.

Reader calls BS

“So the story is he just didn’t like the job so he quit? I smell something that is very similar to bullshit.” — A reader reacts to a Tuesday FBDC post on Kevin Glass and the Washington Examiner amicably parting ways last week.

Spotted: NYP Page Six reporter Tara Palmeri in Dupont Circle Tuesday afternoon in a sleeveless black dress on her way to Chipotle.

MSNBC Ed Schultz‘s post debate nicknames for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: “Dude” and “Newtster.” Schultz’s longtime nickname for FNC Fox & Friends Host Steve Doocy also emerged on his program last night in several instances. That would be”Steve Douchey.”

Oh my…

“Traumatized. Saw a doe or fawn get hit by a car at high speed tonight and go flying. I’m sick about it. #moms” — Poshbrood creator, publicist and travel writer Elizabeth Thorp.

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END

“Mr. Morgan’s house is gianormous, with six white columns lit up at the front entrance and a spansive interior. Pool is holding in one of his garages waiting for POTUS’s remarks.” — An evening Pool Report from one of our favorite Pool writers, WSJ‘s Carol Lee from Lake Mary, Fla. A goof: “After an almost half hour motorcade ride to this Atlanta suburb in Seminole County.” She issued a new report five minutes later, saying, “We are obviously in the *Orlando* suburbs, not Atlanta.”

Post GOP debate question to ponder

“Do we really want another Texan (as Prez) who can’t speak English?” — The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel.

 

Meet D.C.’s Power Bachelorettes

That Lizzy O’Leary is having a red hot few weeks. First she gets nominated for our Summer Superlative list in the “Sexiest” category. She didn’t win. But times are tough. We had ancient sex goddess Helen Thomas in contention, which pushed O’Leary down a few rungs.

But don’t hate the Bloomberg TV reporter for grabbing so much media attention for her looks. She was born that way. And today The New York Observer put her on their Media Power Bachelorettes list.

O’Leary isn’t the only Washingtonian to make the list. Alyssa Rosenberg, apparently known for having nerd crushes directed her way, is also on it. A Culture Blogger for ThinkProgress, she has contributed to Washingtonian, The Atlantic, and TNR. The Observer writes, “Despite the many times New York publications have tempted her, she has remained—to our loss—in that wretched pit of a town with all the national landmarks in it to the south.”

Gone but not forgotten, former Washington Examiner gossip scribe Tara Palmeri, now a Page 6 reporter for NYP, is also a Power Bachelorette. They say she has survived her first year on the job “alarmingly well.” They also mention her battle royale with Sean Penn.

Congratulations to all.

Battle of the Brunches Continues…

The mystery of the competing WHCD brunches continues.

Instead of attending the Allbritton brunch in Georgetown, NYP Page Six’s Tara Palmeri chose the McLaughlin/Thomson Reuters brunch at the Hay Adams, which we’re now learning had no Creative Coalition stars, and no stars for that matter unless you count actress Morgan Fairchild, who was also at Tammy Haddad‘s garden party Saturday, a huge draw. “More long time friends of John [McLaughlin] and a mix of Thomson Reuters folks,” said a source who was there. “Pretty much his traditional group.  He actually prefers catching up with old friends in a relaxed atmosphere.”

Faces in the crowd: Georgette Mosbacher , Ann and Lloyd Hand, Eleanor Clift, Wendy Diamond, Mary Amons with her dad,  Mark and Rose Barondess ( Former CNN host Larry King‘s former lawyer), and lefty radio host Bill Press.

L to R: Mark and Rose Barondess Wendy Diamond Mary Amons with her father.

 

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